British Marines participated in “discreet operations” in Ukraine, British Lieutenant General Robert Magowan was quoted as saying by The Times on Tuesday.
According to his statements, in an article for Globe and Laurel magazine, the British military supported missions involving “a high level of political and military risk” in “an extremely delicate environment.”
Magowan, a former commander of the British Marine Corps, stated that 350 military personnel deployed in Norway were sent to kyiv in January this year to participate in the evacuation of the British Embassy to Poland. “Then, in April, they returned to the country to re-establish the diplomatic mission, providing protection for essential personnel.
During both phases, the commandos supported other discreet operations in an extremely sensitive environment and with a high level of political and military risk,” he noted.
In this context, the senior military officer stressed that the British Marines also participated in the training of Ukrainian soldiers. “Along with the broader defense, we have been heavily involved in training hundreds of [members of] Ukrainian military personnel throughout this summer. We are also planning to train Ukrainian Marines,” he said.
For its part, a spokesman for the British Royal Navy stated that the infants “were deployed in Ukraine to support the diplomatic presence of the United Kingdom in the country.” They did not perform combat duties during their mission, he noted.